The Power of Vitamin D

I spent much of today listening to happy people walking past my office window and marveling at the degree to which the lightness of our spirit directly relates to the weight of our outerwear.

It didn’t even bother me (much) to be on the other side of the glass.

Spring is the unfailing cure for so many of my winter woes.

BrighterCamusQuoteI know, I know.  I love this this wonderful quote by Albert Camus.  Re-reading this worn scrap of paper usually gets me me through the long winter months.  But there is nothing that compares with the first couple of days of spring.

Chances are, if you’ve had your blood work done lately, you’ve been told that your vitamin D levels are low.  Everyone I talk to is taking vitamin D supplements.  This long neglected vitamin is finally getting its day in the sun (pun intended).  Of course vitamin D aids in calcium absorption for building strong bones, but it can also reduce the risk of diabetes, heart attack and a slew of other bodily dis-eases.

And (surprise?)  recent medical science studies indicate that an increase in Vitamin D consumption has been shown to lighten your mood.

I’ve done a little research of my own and while it is  possible to take too much vitamin D in the form of supplements,  it is nearly impossible to overdose on vitamin D from sunlight or from foods  (unless you consume a LOT of cod-liver oil).

Now I’m pretty competitive and very interested in home-made health so when my PCP suggested I increase my intake of vitamin D, it was ON.  Every year I increased the amount of Vitamin D I took in the form of supplements.  Every year my blood work indicated I still needed more.

I was remarking about this trend with my friend Linda who asked me what time of year I normally went in for my exam.  I told her it was in the winter – when I’ve been almost unbearably cooped up in the house for 3 months.  Well, duh!

This past winter, I made it a point to bundle up and sit outside in a sheltered spot whenever the temperature soared above 40 degrees.  Of course, I would usually start getting hot and shed layers, exposing more skin.  Even a few minutes of sun without sunscreen does wonders for my mood.  The recommended amount of time depends on the season, the angle of the sun and your personal propensity to sunburn.

I am happy to report that – related or not – my blood work finally indicates I am no longer vitamin D deficient.

No wonder our parents always told us to go outside and play.  It’s good for you in so many ways.

31215bulbsHappy Spring everyone! Now get out there and grab you some sunshine.

InJoy ~ M